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Thousands of Filipinos rally to protest corruption, urge scrapping of controversial fund

Tens thousands of Filipinos have gathered in protest at a Manila park to call for the scrapping of a corruption-tainted development fund that allows lawmakers to allocate government money for projects in their districts.

A government audit of the fund found last week that $141 million allocated over a three-year period was released to questionable aid groups and ghost projects identified by lawmakers as beneficiaries

That prompted calls on social media for Monday's protest in Rizal Park, where police say 60,000 have gathered. Similar protests are being held in a dozen other cities across the country.

Some protesters carried placards saying "Senators, you should be ashamed of yourselves." Others wore pig-shaped hats, or wore shirts calling for the abolition of the fund.